Man cut out of car on I-95, lives

By John Nickerson

After 90 minutes of cutting the roof, hood and doors of a SUV out from around a semi-conscious man who crashed his vehicle into the rear end of a tractor trailer on Interstate-95, Greenwich firefighters were able to successfully extricate the man from the wreck Saturday morning.

Greenwich Deputy Chief Keith Millette said the crash on northbound I-95 between Exit 2 and Exit 3 was called in at 3:59 a.m.

When firefighters got there they found most of the 2013 Q5 Audi SUV underneath the tractor trailer, that was parked near the end of the weigh station exit ramp between Exits 2 and 3, Millette said.

Only the male driver was in the car at the time of the crash Millette said.

State Police identified the Audi’s driver as Tavonn Jenkins, 34, of New Haven.

According to the accident report, Jenkins sustained “life threatening injuries” from the crash.

Three fire engines and a rescue vehicle responded to the crash. Only one lane of the highway was closed for a time.

“If he had driven the car anymore under the trailer, he would not be with us anymore. If he went any further under the trailer, the accident would have been catastrophic. His head was literally at the back of the trailer,” Millette said.

Millette said that the front of the SUV to the rear of the passenger and driver’s door was under the trailer. “We had to remove the car from around him, and that is what we did,” Millette said.

Millette said Jenkins was conscious for the entire 90 minutes it took firefighters to cut away the car around him to get him out.

The accident report stated the tractor-trailer truck was parked on the road’s shoulder with its driver, Joshua Caswell, 27, of Leominister, Mass. inside the cab. The report said that Jenkin’s SUV entered the paved shoulder of the road, its side wheels first hitting a frozen snow bank and then striking the rear of the tractor-trailer.

Millette said Jenkins was being treated the entire time by medics and appeared to have some serious injuries to his lower body.

Millette said Jenkins was driving an Audi dealership courtesy car. According to Audi’s web site, the starting price for a Q5 SUV is $37,500.

The above photos taken by the Greenwich Professional Firefighters show extreme front end damage to the vehicle.

Jenkins was taken taken to Stamford Hospital where he was reported to be in critical condition.

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